Speakers will include Phil Askew (Olympic Park), Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible), Katherine Drayson (Policy Exchange) and Ed Wallis (Fabian Society)

Events programme announced for Rethinking the Urban Landscape

The Landscape Institute and the Building Centre have announced the series of events that will expand on the themes of their exhibition Rethinking the Urban Landscape.  Each event asks a question that addresses future learning and thinking for the design profession. Speakers include landscape architects, policymakers, community activists and industry leaders. The events are as follows: 

How did designing the Olympic Park influence landscape practice?
Thursday 22 January, 6 pm
The Olympic Park changed the public perception of landscape architecture. One of the most successful legacies of the park was groundbreaking design that created a place for the Olympics but also a place for the community. Legacy also goes further than the Park, as the influence on a whole range of landscape projects has been significant. Leading practitioners explain what they did next and the impact of the Olympics on their work. Speakers include Phil Askew (London Legacy Development Corporation), Tom Armour (Arup), Jenette Emery-Wallis (LUC).
The event will be followed by Q&A and a drinks reception. Book here.

Can we design out poverty by creating great landscapes?
Monday 26 January, 6 pm
Traditional thinking about tackling poverty rarely considers the impact of the designed landscape. However, good design and well-planned landscape can address inequality and raise aspirations, as evidenced by the projects featured in the Rethinking the Urban Landscape exhibition. Speakers include Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible Todmorden), Julia Thrift (TCPA), Rolf Roscher (Erz) and Noel Farrer (Farrer Huxley Associates / Landscape Institute).
The event will be followed by Q&A and a drinks reception. Book here.

How do you pay for green infrastructure in an age of austerity?
Monday 9 February, 6 pm
As the election battles over investment in the health service and grey infrastructure, there is no question that these are primary services that must be funded. However, similar importance is not attached to green infrastructure projects, despite widespread acknowledgement of the importance of the environment and the multiple benefits it provides.
This event brings together leading policymakers to discuss this increasingly important issue. Speakers include Katherine Drayson (Policy Exchange), Ed Wallis (Fabian Society), Sue Ireland CParks Alliance) and Noel Farrer (Farrer Huxley Associates / Landscape Institute).
The event will be followed by Q&A and a drinks reception. Book here.

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